Midnight Oil

SV: [Powderworks] Re:OILS/FLOYD/CURE etc

Bjorn Blomquist bjorn.blomquist@mbox301.swipnet.se
Tue, 2 Apr 2002 15:03:06 +0200

> >Pink Floyd went from Sid Barrett (who went insane from rugs), to >Roger 
> >Waters, to another dude, whose name escapes me at the moment.
> David Gilmoure, who was their guitar player from the start (I think) and 
> also bacame the lead singer when Roger Waters left/was sacked. "Division 
> Bell" Runs in my stereo in this very moment. Great album.

To be nit-picky, Gilmour was already a lead singer while Waters was still in the band. Keyboardist Rick Wright sometimes sings as well. Gilmour was not in Pink Floyd until their second album. On their first one (which I have from the library at the moment) Syd Barrett was the singer and guitarist and wrote all songs but one.

Other bands who had three or more songwriters and lead singers *simultaneously* were Queen, and of course the Beatles.

> Nope. Stiltskin. The Cure is another one of these bands which solely 
> revolves around its singer/songwriter/everything ie Robert Smith. He IS the 
> Cure, and wouldn't sing in any other band. That means, he has changed band 
> several times, but the name "Cure" stays connected to him!

So true! The Cure is definitely one (THE one?) of the bands who has changed line-up most times.
They have been everything from a duo, or even a one-man band, to a 6-piece...

It's not that much that Robert wouldn't sing in any other band though, as he in fact has sung for the band The Glove, and he has also played with Siousxie and the Banshees. I rather think the problem is that no other people sing with the Cure. Apart from the first bass player, no other Cure member has even contributed backing vocals; all voices have been Robert, so of course the harmonies from the records are sadly missed in concert...

That's one thing I love about the Oils: the sound of different voices together, harmonies. Their performance of "Golden age" at Letterman was interesting; Bones and Jim echoed the "tell me what you see..." lines, while "it's the golden age" at the end of the chorus was just Pete and Rob!